In a revelation that he found “shocking,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that roughly two-thirds of all new hospitalizations for coronavirus involve people who actually contracted the disease at home.
Which begs the question: Why, exactly, are the vast majority of Americans still on lockdown?
As reported by CNBC, Cuomo said that new preliminary data from 100 New York hospitals involving some 1,000 patients found that 66 percent of hospitalization cases involved patients who stayed home and did not go outside very much.
The next highest group of hospitalizations — 18 percent — came from nursing homes. More on that in a moment.
“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1 percent came from jail or prison, 2 percent came from the homeless population, 2 percent from other congregate facilities, but 66 percent of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” Cuomo told reporters.
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“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”
Cuomo said nearly 84% of the hospitalized cases were people who were not commuting to work through car services, personal cars, public transit or walking. He said a majority of those people were either retired or unemployed. Overall, some 73% of the admissions were people over age 51.
He said the information shows that those who are hospitalized are predominantly from the downstate area in or around New York City, are not working or traveling and are not essential employees. He also said a majority of the cases in New York City are minorities, with nearly half being African American or Hispanic.
Cuomo said state health officials, who — like him — continue to get their responses wrong, were under the assumption that a high number of people working at “essential” jobs would wind up being infected by the virus, but that hasn’t happened.
No. Instead, it’s people following ‘stay-at-home’ orders.
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself. Everything is closed down, government has done everything it could, society has done everything it could. Now it’s up to you,” Cuomo said, confusingly.
Because pray tell, what else can people do to cower before the great and powerful coronavirus now that staying home doesn’t seem to help much, either?
“I was afraid that it was going to infect my family no matter what I did. We’re past that,” Cuomo said at a press conference on April 13. “If you isolate, if you take the precautions, your family won’t get infected.”
Yeah, right. Turns out, ‘sheltering in place’ isn’t very effective against the virus, either, which means the country (and New York) has tanked its economy and thrown more than 30 million Americans out of business for nothing.
Now, for that nursing home item.
New York state officials just reported an additional 1,700 deaths from the coronavirus, all of whom were living in nursing homes or eldercare facilities.
New York state is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as the state faces scrutiny over how it has protected vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 4,813 people have died from COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes since March 1, according to a tally released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration late Monday that, for the first time, includes people believed to have been killed by the coronavirus before their diagnoses could be confirmed by a lab test.
There’s been a lot of hanky panky concerning coronavirus death rates, leaving many to question the real figures. Nevertheless, we’ve known since practically the beginning of the pandemic that older people are more vulnerable to being killed by the virus.
So what on God’s green earth would possess Cuomo and his administration to require nursing homes to take coronavirus patients? And yet, that’s what happened. What’s more, Cuomo recently doubled down on this insanity.
New York’s nursing homes weren’t allowed to challenge a controversial order to admit patients with the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday — even though it’s been blamed for spreading the deadly disease among residents.
“They don’t have a right to object. That is the rule and that is the regulation and they have to comply with that,” Cuomo said during his daily briefing in Albany.
“And the regulation is common sense: If you can’t provide adequate care, you can’t have the patient in your facility and that’s your basic fiduciary obligation — I would say, ethical obligation — and it’s also your legal obligation.”
This, after Cuomo admitted that nursing homes were coronavirus death traps — a “feeding frenzy for this virus,” he said.